Spunk Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Lena love more, Joe or Spunk?

2. How do the men treat Joe when he comes into the store?

3. Who do Elijah and Walter see walking down the street in Chapter 1?

4. How can Spunk's clothes best be described?

5. What promises has Spunk made to Lena, according to Elijah?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene surrounding Joe's death.

2. What does Spunk seem to think the bobcat is?

3. From what perspective is Chapter 2 told? Why is this important?

4. What sort of supernatural twist does Hurston give her story?

5. How do others in the town treat Spunk? Why do they treat him this way?

6. In what way does this story address justice?

7. Are there any surprise guests at Spunk's wake? Why is it a surprise?

8. How does the point of view affect the reader's perspective in Chapter 1?

9. Do you feel sorry for Joe? Why or why not?

10. What is the resolution of Hurston's story?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are several instances of irony in Hurston's book. Identify at least one of these instances and describe why Hurston may have used irony when describing this particular situation.

Essay Topic 2

Briefly summarize the incident in which Joe is killed. Why do you think Hurston wrote about it in this way?

Essay Topic 3

What is the tone of "Spunk"? Why would Hurston choose to write the story in this type of tone? What impact does the tone have on the way the reader perceives the characters and sequence of events?

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